Arizona Cardinals release former LSU football standout Tyrann Mathieu

Tyrann Mathieu

Johnny Manziel can still resurrect his National Football League career, so says Tyrann Mathieu - but he's gotta do one fundamental thing to complete his comeback.

Arizona Cardinals free safety Tyrann Mathieu (32) celebrates his interception against the Chicago Bears during the first half of a preseason NFL football game, Saturday, Aug. 19, 2017, in Glendale, Ariz.

Following Mathieu's release, the Cardinals General Manager Steve Keim released the following statement: "I've never made a secret that Tyrann has always had a special place in my heart and always will".

"While we all understand this is a part of the business, that certainly doesnt make it any easier", he continued.

Released safety Tyrann "The Honey Badger" Mathieu would be a flawless fit with the Patriots, who are in desperate need of an upgrade in the secondary.

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He had signed a five-year, $62.5 million deal with $40 million guaranteed in the summer of 2016.

Under his previous contract with Arizona, the versatile Mathieu was set to count a little more than $14 million against the cap. "What we're potentially going to do in free agency, how that affects our cap situation - I feel like we have a pretty good grasp on that".

The Honey Badger doesn't always take what he wants. The 5-foot-9, 186-pound defensive back has 308 career tackles with four sacks, 41 pass breakups, 11 interceptions and four forced fumbles in five NFL seasons since being selected by the Cardinals in the second round of the 2013 NFL Draft. Mathieu was released by the Cardinals after refusing to take a pay cut this offseason.

Mathieu suffered a season-ending knee injury late in the 2013 season.

The height of Mathieu's time with the Cardinals came during the 2015 season, when he was named to the Pro Bowl.

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